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Recent authored articles

Nissan exec: Sedans will be back

Nissan sees a decent future ahead for cars. Its European operations aren't so sure about that.

Nissan positions Altima to challenge sedan slump

Nissan believes it can buck a prolonged industry decline in sedan sales by stuffing the next-generation Altima with advanced technology.

Nissan's new approach to pickup marketing: Community service

Nissan departs from the usual pickup segment message of brawn and power to market its Titan as a community involvement tool.

Auria's jackpot potential: Acoustic material

Auria is launching a new technology in sound and vibration deadening for GM, to the tune of $100 million.

Toolmakers caught in tariff crossfire

Supplier consultant Laurie Harbour says tariffs are raising tool costs for auto suppliers. Some 80 per cent of the auto industry's injection molds are traditionally produced in Canada — largely in Windsor, Ont.

Toolmakers caught in tariff crossfire

Supplier consultant Laurie Harbour says tariffs are raising tool costs for auto suppliers.

N.A. auto plant for Magna Steyr?

Global manufacturer Magna International might consider a North American assembly plant in the next few years.

N.A. auto plant for Magna Steyr?

Global manufacturer Magna International might consider a North American assembly plant in the next few years.

Experts share their visions of what's ahead in a changing industry

At the Management Briefing Seminars last week in Michigan, the annual high-level "big think" held by the Center for Automotive Research, executives, engineering leaders, consultants and automotive startup entrepreneurs agreed on one recurring point: The world is changing beneath their feet.

More supplier buyouts coming this year

PwC forecasts that supplier mergers and acquisitions will remain on a hot pace this year.

Nissan begins its next wave of sedans

A wave of electric vehicles and new technology are coming to Nissan. But first, the automaker has some traditional sedans to redesign.

Future Product: Infiniti prepares for EV sweep

Infiniti plans to electrify its product portfolio after 2021 — raising the stakes in the meantime for two updated products: the QX50 and QX80.

The supply chain that sees ahead

Supply chains have gotten pretty good over the last 20 years. But they can get much, much better. Artificial intelligence, advanced software platforms and the latest tools in data collection and Internet tracking are making it easier to know where everything is in real time

Suppliers lining up for 2019 PACE Awards

PACE awards went home with 14 suppliers this year. More suppliers are lining up to try in 2019.

Sergio Marchionne: Improbable leader of impossible missions

Sergio Marchionne came into the auto industry 15 years ago as an outsider, a paunchy middle-aged accountant-turned-corporate strategist with no experience running a car factory. He departed last week as one the industry's most daring visionaries.

Suppliers lining up for 2019 PACE Awards

PACE awards went home with 14 suppliers this year. More suppliers are lining up to try in 2019.

Juke dropped from Nissan lineup

The Nissan Juke was intended to be a "polarizing" product, but it was too much so, and has been dropped from the U.S. lineup.

Sergio Marchionne, turnaround virtuoso who built Fiat Chrysler, dies at 66

UPDATED: 7/25/18 7:29 pm ET - adds Trump statement

Sergio Marchionne, the man in black and self-proclaimed fixer who plucked Chrysler from the ashes of bankruptcy in 2009 and hitched it to Fiat to create a money-making global automaker, has died. He was 66.

Sergio Marchionne, turnaround virtuoso who built Fiat Chrysler, dies at 66

Former Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has died, the carmaker's controlling family shareholder said on Wednesday.

Tom Mignanelli, first American CEO of Nissan, has died at 73

Tom Mignanelli, a former Ford executive who gave Nissan's U.S. sales company a transfusion of American business culture in the early 1990s, has died following surgery for a brain tumor. He was 73.

Nissan flips part of Altima engine

UPDATED: 7/13/18 12:37 pm ET - corrected

The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment.

Nissan flips Altima engine

The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment.

Alabama shows the prep work required to make it look easy

Alabama has been making it look easy to attract the auto industry for the past 20 years.

Swirling global trends stimulate local investment

The world sometimes gets the impression that the auto industry is slowing down, or even receding. That's not happening.

Greenfield or brown, the money rolls on

When auto companies invest in new plants, the public takes notice. But turning raw ground into a new auto plant is just one piece of the economic force of automotive capital expenditure.


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